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– Hurricanes G Cam Ward (leg) remained in an Ohio hospital after his leg was cut by a skate, and general manager Jim Rutherford says he could miss up to four weeks.
With Ward still in the hospital, it’s been declared that the ‘Canes are looking for some help between the pipes. According to a source close to me, the team is looking at Leafs G Vesa Toskala. Toskala is in the final year of a $4M per year deal, and is one of the few potential starting goaltenders available on the trade market. To even out the budgets, the Leafs would likely take one of the following players in return: F Scott Walker, F Sergei Samsonov or F Matt Cullen. Stay tuned.
– The Capitals have placed F Michael Nylander on waivers.
– According to Bruce Garrioch, the Stars could be looking for a big forward, and hints that a Stars/Leafs deal could be on the horizon. F Alex Ponikarovsky is one of the names currently floating around. Garrioch also says the Panthers are shopping F Nathan Horton and once again, and the Leafs could be involved. Stay tuned.
– F Peter Forsberg is negotiating with KHL and NHL teams. If he does return to the NHL, keep an eye on the Canucks, Rangers, Red Wings and Avalanche.
– The Oilers are rumoured to be defenceman shopping and are looking into Lightning D Andrei Meszaros and D Lukas Krajicek as potential trade targets.
– Rumours continue to swirl that the Habs have interest in D Chris Chelios. Chelios has been great for the AHL’s Chicago Wolves.
– Rangers F Chris Drury (concussion) is out indefinitely.
– Flyers D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen (concussion) is out indefinitely.
– The Phillies have declined their $5.5M option on 3B Pedro Feliz. Feliz hit .266 with 12 home runs and 82 RBIs in 158 games for the National League champion Phillies this season. He’ll receive a $500K buyout.
– Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley came out and said that Allen Iverson’s absence is indeed of a personal nature, and not related to his current playing situation.
“I’m not going to get into the personal reason but it has nothing to do with the other stuff. “I’m the guy who said he could go. It’s a real family issue that I don’t think should be reported.” Heisley goes on to talk about the parties getting on the same page by saying, “he understands what the conditions are,” and that “we need to be less hyper about this along with Allen.” Most rumours point to Iverson being done with the team, but a trade is unlikely. Could we have seen A.I. on the court for the last time?
– Spurs G Tony Parker (sprained ankle) is out one week.
– During the Yankees World Series victory parade in New York City on Saturday, former WWE ring announcer Lillian Garcia was assaulted. She was thrown to the floor after somebody tried to grab her cell phone. She was not harmed, but was shaken by the ordeal and grazed her elbow during the fall. Police hope to catch the culprit from CCTV footage after Garcia filed a police report.
“I just had a punk kid try and steal my phone,” Garcia wrote on Twitter. “Luckily, I held on tightly and he didn’t get it, but now be fore he threw me to the ground. As reported, Garcia mentions she has filed a report and is doing OK. Lillian Garcia is concentrating on her music at present and is not currently accepting any new convention bookings.
– WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has updated his blog, which you can read in its entirety at JRsBarBQ.com. Some highlights:
A WWE Cable Channel: “As I wrote earlier in the week, the potential of a WWE Channel is another positive. There are virtually unlimited ways to create new programming notwithstanding the Legends Roundtables, watching DVD releases w/ the talents involved with the production, daily blocks of World Class, AWA, ect has credence. Producing internet “radio shows” along the line of ESPN’s Mike and Mike, etc would work. Producing a specfic number of hours of daily programming and then repeating it seems doable. The potential is really limitless.
WrestleMania 26: “It will be interesting to see how Wrestlemania 26 gets out of the box for Phoenix. It’s a great time to be a fan. There will be several days of activities for fans making the trip to the valley of the sun. I’ve attended a Fiesta Bowl there and the facility is incredible.
New Smackdown Announce Team: Grisham and Striker are beginning to mesh as a solid broadcast duo and their efforts will continue to be a work in progress which is to be expected. I like their potential. Their progress may see yours truly assume another role TBD upon my return which works for me. I feel that I’m fortune to be able to help the team in a variety of ways. All of that is up in the air and is pure speculation until I’ve been medically cleared. Maybe there is a there man booth in my future especially on selected PPV’s. Who knows but I for one am not concerned. Just anxious to get back in the game.